Badou Jack did what many expected him to in giving up his WBC super middleweight title today. The World Boxing Council dropped the bomb in revealing the news about Jack’s move. Jack fought to a 12 round draw last weekend against James DeGale in New York. Jack had decided before the fight to move up to 175 after the fight, and that’s what he’ll be doing.
Fighting at 168 was a dead end for Jack. The money wasn’t going to ever be as good as the money Jack can get at 175. There are fighters like Sergey Kovalev, Adonis Stevenson and Andre Ward for Jack to fight in that weight class. At 168, there’s nobody for Jack to fight other than facing DeGale again, and the little known contender Callum Smith, who is only known by boxing fans in the UK.
The immediate target for Jack is Adonis Stevenson. He holds down the WBC light heavyweight title, and he’s been a world champion in that weight class for the past four years without having fought anyone really difficult. Jack has the talent to beat everyone that Stevenson has beaten since he won the title.
If Jack can get a hold of one of the titles, he might be able to milk it in the same way that Stevenson has been allowed to do by the WBC. They haven’t pushed Stevenson to face a mandatory since 2013. If Jack can beat Stevenson and fight nothing but voluntary challengers over a four-year period, he could make a lot of money.
Jack’s vacant WBC super middleweight title will be fought over by Callum Smith and #2 WBC Anthony Dirrell. The WBC still needs to order that fight, but they are expected to do so.
“The WBC has received official notification from WBC super middleweight champion, Badou Jack, who has decided to move up in weight and compete in the light heavyweight division,” the WBC said today. “Consequently, the super middleweight championship of the world has been declared vacant. The WBC wishes Badou Jack continuous success and the best of luck in his boxing career hoping that one day he will compete for the light heavyweight championship of the world.”